JERSEY SHORE - Two years ago, Mifflinburg head wrestling coach Dave Murray brought his troops back to his alma mater and won.
Murray returned Thursday night, and Jersey Shore returned the favor as the Bulldogs kept their dual meet unblemished with a 42-26 win.
"This match came down to bonus points," said Shore had coach Shawn Weaver. "I didn't think we wrestled well at all in the first few bouts of the night. I thought we were flat in a couple of matches I thought we could win. We lost some close ones and I am not happy about that. But the guys battled and overall it was a good win for us."
Starting at 132, Mifflinburg jumped out to a 6-0 lead when Cooper Wagner edged Noah Ulmer for a 5-4 win before Logan Stenger made it two wins in a row for the 'Cats with an 11-5 win over Sean Thomas at 138.
Top Hat champion Haydn Swartwood evened the count at 6-all at 145 with a 49-second fall over Brendan Hicks, but Cole Walter got five of those six points right back at 152 when he defeated Seth Young with a 15-0 technical fall in 5:43.
Colton Killion put Shore back on top at 160 with a fall in 1:41 over Darian Trego, but Ryan Gessner swung the pendulum back in favor of Mifflinburg when he was a point better than Max Mason for a 2-1 win at 170.
That was Mifflinburg's last lead, as the Bulldogs immediately turned loose their version of the tenacious trio in Dominic Loffredo (182), Nate Lose (195) and Jacob Huling (220).
Loffredo built up a 9-1 lead over John Punako before pinning the Wildcat with 18 seconds left in the bout, while Lose and Huling made short work of Shane Moyer and Kyle Pletcher with falls in 1:51 and 1:24 respectively.
"It is nice to have those three guys in a row up top," said Weaver. "It has gotten to the point where we kind of expect that from them, even this early in the year. Tonight we really needed it and they came through for us. If those guys just win by decision, the match would have been a whole lot tighter than it was."
With the Bulldog explosion, Shore surged to a 30-14 lead with five bouts left.
Mifflinburg standout Nazar Mironenko temporarily stopped the Wildcat bleeding at 285 when he pinned Lane Reighard in 1:04.
Turning the lineup over, Shore 106-pounder Hunter Zondory picked up six freebies via the forfeit route before Isaiah Leone outlasted Kenny Shirk 6-5 for his first varsity win.
132 -- Cooper Wagner, M, dec. Noah Ulmer, 5-4. (0-3); 138 -- Logan Stenger, M, dec. Sean Thomas, 11-5. (0-6); 145 -- Haydn Swartwood, JS, pinned Brendan Hicks, :49. (6-6); 152 -- Cole Walter, M, tech. fall Seth Young, 15-0, 5:43. (6-11); 160 -- Colton Killion, JS, pinned Darian Trego, 1:41. (12-11); 170 -- Ryan Gessner, M, dec. Max Mason, 2-1. (12-14); 182 -- Dominic Loffredo, JS, pinned John Punako, 5:42. (18-14); 195 -- Nate Lose, JS, pinned Shane Moyer, 1:51. (24-14); 220 -- Jacob Huling, JS, pinned Kyle Pletcher, 1:24. (30-14); 285 -- Nazar Mironenko, M, pinned Lane Reighard, 1:04. (30-20); 106 -- Hunter Zondory, JS, won by forfeit. (36-20); 113 -- Isaiah Leone, JS, dec. Kenny Shirk, 6-5. (39-20); 120 -- Austin Bouse, JS, dec. Patrick Wetzel, 10-3. (42-20); 126 -- Noah Kuba, M, pinned Allen Saar, 2:34. (42-26)
Official: Mark Dawson.